The 7 Gifts Of The Holy Spirit (Salvation Gifts)
These gifts are "habits," "instincts," or "dispositions" provided by God as supernatural helps to man upon accepting Christ as Savior and becoming Born Again of the Spirit . They enable man to transcend the limitations of human reason and human nature and participate in the very life of God, as Christ promised (John 14:23). They are necessary for man’s salvation, which he cannot achieve on his own. They serve to "perfect" the four Moral virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) and the three Theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity). The virtue of charity is the key that unlocks the potential power of the seven gifts, which can (and will) lie dormant in the soul after salvation unless so acted upon.
List of the 7 Gifts
Wisdom is considered the first and the greatest of the gifts. It acts upon both the intellect and the will. It both illumines the mind and instills an attraction to the divine.
Understanding is a perceptive intuition which illuminates the mind to grasp the truths of faith. It does not involve a comprehensive understanding of the mysteries of faith, but helps a person understand that these mysteries are credible; compatible with and related to each other; and not unreasonable. The gift of understanding perfects the theological virtue of faith.
Counsel functions as a sort of supernatural intuition, to enable a person to judge promptly and rightly, especially in difficult situations. It perfects the Moral virtue of prudence. While prudence operates in accord with reason as enlightened by faith, the gift of counsel operates under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to illuminate the will of God.
Fortitude is often identified with courage, It also encompasses endurance. It is a willingness to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or physical harm. The gift of fortitude allows people the firmness of mind that is required both in doing good and in enduring evil. It is the perfection of the Moral virtue of the same name.
Knowledge: The gift of knowledge allows one, as far as is humanly possible, to see things from God's perspective. It “allows us to perceive the greatness of God and his love for his creatures” through creation.
Piety accords with reverence. A person with reverence recognizes his total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love. Piety perfects the virtue of religion, which is an aspect of the virtue of justice, in that it accords to God that which is due him. Piety is our belonging to God, our deep bond with him, a relationship that gives meaning to our whole life and keeps us resolute, in communion with him, even during the most difficult and troubled moments”.Piety is not mere outward religiosity; it is that genuine religious spirit which makes us turn to the Father as his children and to grow in our love for others, seeing them as our brothers and sisters.
Fear of the Lord is akin to wonder (or awe): With the gift of fear of the Lord, one is made aware of the glory and majesty of God. It is no servile fear, but rather a joyful awareness of God’s grandeur and a grateful realization that only in him do our hearts find true peace. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all one desires. This gift is described as a fear of separating oneself from God. The gift is a "filial fear," like a child's fear of offending his father, rather than a "servile fear," that is, a fear of punishment. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is the perfection of the theological virtue of hope.
The Gifts of The Holy Spirit (Charisms of the Spirit)
The Bible tells us, “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues and to still another the interpretation of tongues.” If we are full of the Spirit, the nine charisms, or spiritual gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 should be manifested daily
The gift of the Holy Spirit is a privilege, given to those who place their faith in Jesus Christ. Once you accept Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, you will receive the 7 gifts of The Holy Spirit. With this privilege comes great responsibility. With the Holy Spirit guiding us, we must seek earnestly to remove ourselves from a context of sin, and obey the commands of God. Our thoughts and our actions should build up the kingdom of God.
Then there is another set of Gifts that can be given, just as the disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we too as Christians can enjoy the same fullness, greatness and power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives, and enhancing our relationship with God. These 9 Gifts can be ours by asking the Lord for them and accept the Holy Spirit at work in your life today.
List of the 9 Gifts
The Word of Wisdom
The charism of word of wisdom is a manifestation of the Spirit in a particular time for a particular situation that builds up the body Christ by providing understanding of how to live or how to respond. This charism may be manifested in a large public gathering or in counseling an individual. It can be a gift of teaching or of healing or of counsel. You may be having a casual conversation when you find yourself things that you never thought of before. The words speak to the person’s particular situation with power that is from God. On other occasions, you may not even be conscious of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but a person you were counseling may report back weeks, months or years later that something you said has a life-changing impact on them.
The Word of Knowledge
The charism of word of knowledge is a definite conviction; impression or knowing that comes to you in the form of a mental picture, a dream, through a vision, or by a Scripture that is quickened to you. It is supernatural insight or understanding of circumstances, situations, problems, or a body of facts by revelation; that is, without assistance by any human resource but solely by divine aid. Furthermore, the gift of the word of knowledge is the transcended revelation of the divine will and plan of God. It involves moral wisdom for right living and relationships, requires objective understanding concerning divine things in human duties and refers to the knowledge of God or of the things that belong to God, as related in the Gospel. The gifts of the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge function together; knowledge is the raw material and wisdom builds on it.
The Gift of Faith
The gift of faith is the supernatural ability to believe God without doubt, combat unbelief, and visualize what God wants to accomplish. It is not only an inner conviction impelled by an urgent and higher calling, but also a supernatural ability to meet adverse circumstances with trust in God’s words and messages. The gift not only operates in healings and in miracles but in the realm of the impossible as well. Saving faith produces the active faith of the fruit of the Spirit which, in turn, produces the gift of faith. When the gift of faith is empowered, the results are miraculous.
The Gift of Healing
The gift of healings refers to supernatural healing without human aid; it is a special gift to pray for specific diseases. Healing can come through the touch of faith (James 5:14-15); by speaking the word of faith (Luke 7:1-10), or by the presence of God being manifested (Acts 19:11-12). There are three types of healings; physical, emotional and spiritual. Although there are three main types of healings, there is much diversity with the gift of healings.
The Gift of Miracles
A miracle is the performance of something which is against the laws of nature; it is a supernatural power to intervene and counteract earthly and evil forces. The gift of miracles operates closely with the power of the gifts of faith and healings to bring authority over Satan, sickness, sin and the binding forces of this age. Miracles can also be defined as supernatural intercessions of God. God exhorts us with energy to do something that is not natural or normal to us. Just as the ministry gift of miracles is the expression of prayer, so is the function of the Holy Spirit.
The gift of prophecy edifies, exhorts and comforts (1 Corinthians 14:3); helps us build up or strengthen and should lead us to the Word of God. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment to come. Prophecy is divinely inspired; a supernatural proclamation in a known language.
Discerning of spirits is the supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit to perceive the source of a spiritual manifestation and determine whether it is of God, of the devil, of man, or of the world. It is not mind reading, psychic phenomena or the ability to criticize and find fault. Discerning of spirits must be done by the power of the Holy Spirit; He bears witness without spirit when something is or is not of God. It implies the power of spiritual insight – the supernatural revelation of plans and purposes of the enemy and his forces. It is a gift which protects and guards your life.
Speaking in Tongues
Supernatural utterance through the power of the Holy Spirit in a person that manifests as spiritual language. The Holy Spirit energizes the tongues to edify believers through language and music. Speaking in tongues is the most misunderstood and dynamic gift. It is not your prayer language, but it can surface through intercession, conference or through the individual. Supernatural utterance in languages known to the speaker, these languages may be existent in the world, revived from some past culture or unknown in the sense that they are a means of communication inspired by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 28:11).
Interpretation of Tongues
Interpretation of tongues is a supernatural verbalization that reveals the meaning of a diverse tongue. This fits operates out of the mind of the Spirit rather than out of the mind of man. It is important to note that interpretation of tongues in not the same thing as the translation of tongues, for the interpreter never understands the tongue he or she interpretation. For example, the message in tongues may be long and the interpretation short because the interpretation only gives meaning.